Q & Answer: My Arms Are Long. Where Can I Buy Clothes?
Abe asks: My question to you is how to shop if you have long arms? 
 In my case, I am 6’3” and my arm length is almost 40 inches. Given that tall/long clothing usually has 37 inch arms, what can I guy like me do in terms of off the rack clothing? Surely I am not the only one with this problem!
We get questions like this all the time from readers with extraordinary physical proportions. (I’m 6’3”, with longish arms, and they’re four inches shorter than Abe’s.) The truth is that you’ll simply have to go custom.
There are many retailers which offer tall sizes - online, I’d say you can check out LL Bean, Lands’ End, Banana Republic and J. Crew, for starters. That’ll work if you’re just a little taller than average. But if you’re way taller than average, or have much longer legs, or much longer arms, or a very, very small neck, or some other physical proportion that makes you Very Special… off the rack isn’t going to work for you.
The good news, though, is that we live in a golden age of custom clothes. It can sometimes take a few tries to get the fit right without an in-person consultation (and if you can afford it, I’d recommend a local, in-person maker), but if you can’t buy off the rack, it’s absolutely worth it. Derek wrote a series about custom shirts, and you can start there.

Q & Answer: My Arms Are Long. Where Can I Buy Clothes?

Abe asks: My question to you is how to shop if you have long arms?

 In my case, I am 6’3” and my arm length is almost 40 inches. Given that tall/long clothing usually has 37 inch arms, what can I guy like me do in terms of off the rack clothing? Surely I am not the only one with this problem!

We get questions like this all the time from readers with extraordinary physical proportions. (I’m 6’3”, with longish arms, and they’re four inches shorter than Abe’s.) The truth is that you’ll simply have to go custom.

There are many retailers which offer tall sizes - online, I’d say you can check out LL Bean, Lands’ End, Banana Republic and J. Crew, for starters. That’ll work if you’re just a little taller than average. But if you’re way taller than average, or have much longer legs, or much longer arms, or a very, very small neck, or some other physical proportion that makes you Very Special… off the rack isn’t going to work for you.

The good news, though, is that we live in a golden age of custom clothes. It can sometimes take a few tries to get the fit right without an in-person consultation (and if you can afford it, I’d recommend a local, in-person maker), but if you can’t buy off the rack, it’s absolutely worth it. Derek wrote a series about custom shirts, and you can start there.

The Myth: Big Men Can’t Wear Anything
I’m tired of getting emails saying, “I appreciate your advice, but I’m bigger, and I can’t wear XXXX…”
There’s no doubt that if you’re obese, it can be tough to find good clothes that fit well.  I sympathize with the predicament.  What I don’t like is the defeatism.
Look at Jackie Gleason above.  He’s a very big man, and he looks fantastic.  Clothes that fit well flatter all figures, not just those of the skinny.
I’m a bit overweight myself, but I find that clothes that fit me make me look skinnier, not heavier.  For most men, slimmer pants will have a flattering effect, not the reverse.  Tailored clothes will make almost any man look better - men’s tailored clothing is essentially the product of 300 years of technology dedicated to making men’s bodies look good.
I’m not here to tell you lies: if you’re heavier, you won’t look as good to most.  That’s reality.  I would probably look better if I was 15 pounds lighter, or if my hairline wasn’t receding or my parents could afford orthodontics when I was little or if I was a runner or a swimmer.  That’s all true.  But that’s a reason to dress well, not a reason to throw up your hands.  LET’S DO THIS.

The Myth: Big Men Can’t Wear Anything

I’m tired of getting emails saying, “I appreciate your advice, but I’m bigger, and I can’t wear XXXX…”

There’s no doubt that if you’re obese, it can be tough to find good clothes that fit well.  I sympathize with the predicament.  What I don’t like is the defeatism.

Look at Jackie Gleason above.  He’s a very big man, and he looks fantastic.  Clothes that fit well flatter all figures, not just those of the skinny.

I’m a bit overweight myself, but I find that clothes that fit me make me look skinnier, not heavier.  For most men, slimmer pants will have a flattering effect, not the reverse.  Tailored clothes will make almost any man look better - men’s tailored clothing is essentially the product of 300 years of technology dedicated to making men’s bodies look good.

I’m not here to tell you lies: if you’re heavier, you won’t look as good to most.  That’s reality.  I would probably look better if I was 15 pounds lighter, or if my hairline wasn’t receding or my parents could afford orthodontics when I was little or if I was a runner or a swimmer.  That’s all true.  But that’s a reason to dress well, not a reason to throw up your hands.  LET’S DO THIS.